Category: Races

Races outside of our 50-State quest.

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” – Steve Prefontaine

My First Boston Marathon…An Unexpected Ending

If there’s one thing that I never expected to witness in my life, it would be an act of terror.  I certainly didn’t expect to witness such an act after I crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  What a tangled, twisted, emotional day that was and for so many reasons.  I was having a hard enough time… Read more →

Ode To My Sub 4:00 Marathon

May 8, 2011 I WILL refrain from smart-ass comments & eye-rolling when my family & friends ask me “how long THIS MARATHON will be.” I WILL go to bed early every night during marathon week. No more “insomnia” marathons for me! I WILL eat healthy all week; no crap, not even the left-over Easter candy, including Peeps :o( I WILL… Read more →

Reflections of the Boston Bombing…A Timeline From That Day, April 15, 2013

I was going through my emails and files this morning, organizing and came across this timeline that my husband Jamie created following the aftermath of that dreadful day that we will never forget.  I wanted to put this someplace safe; my blog made the most sense.  I ran the race that day…Jamison was my support crew of one.  I had… Read more →

50 States Racing: Virginia

This was a tough race for me for a few reasons.  First, we drove all night Thursday after I worked 3-11 to get there Friday.  We tried to sleep, but couldn’t, so we went to eat twice with packet pick-up in between.  What was nice was being able to get up at 6:30 and walk out our hotel to the… Read more →

Columbus 1/2 Marathon course partially recovered 13.21 mi 01:54 08:37 pace

2 weeks after our full at St. George, who would think we’d feel up to running 13 miles? Well, it was a last-minute effort and despite 4 hours of sleep after being at a Halloween party, I put my best foot forward with my hubby Jamison R. and we both towed the line and decided to see where we were… Read more →

Boston Marathon 2013

Name Michel, Debra (USA) age group Female 45-49 bib number 17848 Age 46 State OH totals place (M/W) 6548 place (ag) 989 place (total) 16815 time total (net) 04:05:32 time total (gun) 04:11:52 splits Split time of day time diff min/mile miles/h 5K 10:52:10AM 00:25:50 25:50 08:19 7.22 10K 11:18:35AM 00:52:15 26:25 08:30 7.06 15K 11:45:47AM 01:19:27 27:12 08:46 6.85… Read more →

2012 Hot Chocolate 15K – Columbus, OH – November 18th, 2012

2012 Hot Chocolate 15K – Columbus Columbus, OH – November 18th, 2012 15K Age:   45   Results: Total Time:  1 hour 12 minutes 54 seconds Pace Per Mile:  07 minutes 50 seconds per mile Place:  282 Division Place:  10 / 229 Gender Place:  112 / 2232 Splits: 5K:  24 minutes 18 seconds 10K:  48 minutes 22 seconds Read more →

Akron 1/2 Marathon 13.11 mi 01:50 08:23 pace

This was an odd turn of events! I headed to Akron to work for Bondiband at the expo and to be there for my awesome friend Carla Jo C. as she ran her second full to re-qualify for Boston–which she did with a nice 3:43 (plan is and has been, for both of us to BQ and do it together,… Read more →

“DEATH BY” CLEVELAND MARATHON 2012

This is my worst marathon time…ever, but a very hard-earned race in 80 to 90 degree temps. Thank you everyone for your support and concern…I got back to 30 texts and a ton of Facebook messages. I ran smart like I promised and I chucked Boston at mile 8.  The pacers in the race were even dropping back…getting replacement pacers at… Read more →

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